Gift from Danialle and Peter Karmanos to create Center for Natural Birth at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

 Gift from Danialle and Peter Karmanos to create Center for Natural Birth at
                         Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

PR Newswire

ROYAL OAK, Mich., Nov. 4, 2013

ROYAL OAK, Mich., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Beaumont Health System has
announced a $5 million gift from Danialle and Peter Karmanos Jr. that aims to
expand safe, natural birthing alternatives for expectant moms in Metro


Their gift will create the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth and the Danialle
& Peter Karmanos, Jr. Birth Center at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, in
celebration of their four sons - Socrates, Leonides, Spiros and Aristides.

Peter Karmanos Jr. is the retired CEO of Compuware Corporation, a software
company he
co-founded in Detroit in 1973. He is the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes,
Plymouth Whalers and Florida Everblades hockey franchises. His donation to the
Michigan Cancer Foundation in honor of his first wife, Barbara Ann Karmanos,
who died of breast cancer, created the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
in 1995.

Danialle Karmanos is the founder of the Detroit-based Danialle Karmanos' Work
It Out, a nonprofit organization that uses a holistic and yoga-based approach
to fight childhood obesity in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. She is
also a philanthropist, author and community activist who serves on a number of
nonprofit boards, as well as an award-winning writer, producer and director.

The new Karmanos Center for Natural Birth, expected to open in late 2014, will
combine the comfort of a home-like environment with the safety net of a
high-tech hospital if it's needed. The one-of-a-kind center is designed for
holistic care, comfort and safety.

It coincides with a resurging interest in natural childbirth – a mind-body
approach to labor and childbirth with no anesthesia or medical interventions.

"We recognize that natural birth isn't for everyone. But for those who are
interested, our vision is to create a first-class environment for more women
to have the option of a healthy, safe, natural birth experience," says
Danialle Karmanos.

"Natural childbirth is also an important experience for the father," adds
Peter Karmanos. "You are far more of a participant in the birth. Right now,
women believe the only way to have a natural childbirth is at home. We want to
change that."

All four of the Karmanos' sons were born naturally – including two who were
born at Beaumont, Royal Oak.

Ray Bahado-Singh, M.D., chairman, obstetrics-gynecology, Beaumont Health
System, says the new Karmanos Center for Natural Birth will be "one-of-a-kind
in its scale, its attention to detail and its focus on creating a welcoming,
aesthetically pleasing environment, with nurses and physicians trained in the
art of natural childbirth, for the benefit of a laboring woman and her family.
It recognizes the voices of many women seeking a natural, holistic approach to
labor that, in select women, has led to lower rates of medical interventions
and C-section deliveries and faster recovery rates."

The 3,225-square-foot Karmanos Center for Natural Birth will include four
deluxe birthing suites with a walking path for laboring mothers, a dedicated
nursing station, a waiting area for families and a roof-top garden.

Rooms will be equipped with Jacuzzi tubs and other aids for natural laboring
and delivery positions. The patient care team will include obstetricians,
midwives, lactation consultants and nurses trained in natural childbirth
techniques and integrative medicine techniques, such as aromatherapy, guided
imagery, medical music therapy and Reiki therapy.

The Karmanos gift includes funding to train medical professionals in natural
childbirth and for prenatal and community education on natural birth. An
endowment created through the gift will support research on the benefits of
natural birth for mothers and infants.

Beaumont Health System is a three-hospital regional health system in Southeast
Michigan with 1,726 licensed beds, more than 14,000 full-time equivalent
employees and nearly 3,100 physicians. Beaumont also has 54 community-based
sites of care including medical centers, family practice and internal medicine
practices, five nursing centers, home care services and hospice. Beaumont is
the exclusive clinical teaching site for the Oakland University William
Beaumont School of Medicine. Visit

SOURCE Beaumont Health System

Contact: Brian Bierley, 248-551-0743,
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